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Should the Senate be abolished?

September 30, 2019  ·  James Wallner
Nine months into 2019, the Senate looks to some observers like little more than a vehicle for approving nominees. “Where’s the debates and lawmaking?” they wonder. Prof. Julia Azari (Marquette… Read More

ICYMI: Top reads —and listens— on Congress

September 27, 2019  ·  Kevin Kosar
Casey Burgat, “Impeachment: What happens now?” LegislativeProcedure.com, September 25, 2019 “Political observers and talking heads were quick to point out that Pelosi’s announcement did not answer important questions… Read More

APSA Task Force Memorandum: Modernizing congressional capacity

September 26, 2019  ·  Lee Drutman
To:             The Select Committee on the Modernization of Congress From:   Lee Drutman, New America (chair); Larry Evans, William and Mary College; Bruce M. Patton, Harvard… Read More

Are we in political realignment?

September 24, 2019  ·  James Wallner
Both major political parties have significant factions within them. Is America going through another period of political realignment? Prof. Julia Azari (Marquette University), Lee Drutman (New America), and James Wallner… Read More

Reps. Takano and Foster, Sens. Hirono and Tillis introduce the Office of Technology Assessment Improvement and Enhancement Act

September 23, 2019  ·  Kevin Kosar
On September 19, 2019, “Reps. Mark Takano (D-CA) and Bill Foster (D-IL) and Sens. Mazie Hirono (D-HI) and Thom Tillis (R-NC) introduced the Office of Technology Assessment Improvement and Enhancement… Read More

ICYMI: Top reads on Congress

September 20, 2019  ·  Kevin Kosar
Robert George, “Return all legislative power to Congress,” Politico. September 20, 2019. “[W]e have failed to say “no” to leaders who usurp the power of legislators (state and federal,… Read More

Video: Can budget reform revive Congress?

September 19, 2019  ·  Kevin Kosar
The budget process is a wreck. The president’s budget arrives to Congress dead as a doornail. Congress only sometimes even adopts a budget. And all too often there… Read More

ICYMI: Examining the case for biennial budgeting

September 18, 2019  ·  Casey Burgat
                                                      View/download PDF… Read More

APSA Task Force Memorandum: The Appropriations Process

September 17, 2019  ·  Nolan McCarty
To:             The Select Committee on the Modernization of Congress From:   Nolan McCarty, Princeton University, chair; Sarah Binder, George Washington University; Josh Chafetz, Cornell University; Meredith… Read More

The problem with the Senate’s “constitutional role”

September 16, 2019  ·  Florian Gawehns
Stand and deliver. Sen. Rand Paul, R-KY. On August 12, former Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid published an Op-Ed in the New York Times, arguing in favor of abolishing one… Read More